Camino Portuguese Coastal Route

This second section from Oia to Santiago de Compostela takes you along the coast around to the Vigo estuary. You will get the opportunity to stay in the beautiful coastal cities of Baiona and Vigo before re-joining the traditional Camino Portuguese from Redondela to Santiago de Compostela.  This region is known for its seafood, in particular, its oysters and scallops.  Wash it down with the local Albarino wine a true gastronomic delight.

Monastery in Oia
FREE CO 2 This trip creates 0.2175 tonne(s) of CO2, we offset it for free

Trip Highlights

Walk the Camino Portuguese Coastal Route along the sea, in style! Starting from Oia to Santiago de Compostela

Walking the Camino can be an incredibly rewarding and fun time while also providing great exercise. But imagine walking along the most beautiful scenic coasts of Northern Spain.

With an experienced English speaking guide and bilingual in Spanish, we invite you to follow the Portuguese Way with a twist: the coastal route, alongside the amazing sea shores of North Portugal and Galicia, from Viana do Castelo to Santiago. Walk it between Sea and Earth with our Camino, Surf and Turf, Portuguese Coastal Route!

Walk the West coast of Portugal and Spain, and enjoy the sea!

You will start from Viana in Portugal, reaching Santiago while walking next to the most amazing sandy beaches of South Galicia, like the ones near A Guarda, Baiona and the famous Cies Islands, the Praya America. Go for a dip in the clear waters of the Vigo estuary and cross one of the most cultural and historic areas of Spain with medieval towns such as the beautiful Pontevedra and Baiona, the first ever city which heard about the discovery of America.  Oh, and this is an amazing route for gastronomy too with the best seafood Spain can offer: amazing percebes (barnacles), lobsters, oysters and of course, scallops!

Important: Follow The Camino guided trips are guaranteed at a minimum of 7 people registered. In case we do not reach this number, the tour will continue as self guided and we will refund the price of the guide to you.

Itinerary

Day 1

Oia
(Arrival)

Make your way to your hotel in Oia in time to relax and enjoy your first evening meal.

Day 2
19km

Oia
to
Baiona

From Oia, you will walk along a coastal footpath away from the main road. After 10km you will then continue along gorgeous coast line on boardwalk with stunning views on the Atlantic Ocean and the Cies islands.

Day 3
26km

Baiona
to
Vigo

The way out of the gorgeous town of Baiona will keep you along sandy beach for most of the day. You will have regular opportunity to stop in a local cafe along the beach.
You will then enter a typical galician entrance of Vigo and maze of streets before entering Vigo via its wide sandy beach. Vigo is a very active city that you will reach after 3km walk through the harbour.

Day 4
19km

Vigo
to
Pontevedra

There will be a transfer from Vigo to Redondela which is included in the price. Reaching the historic site of Ponte Sampaio, the Camino crosses the Verdugo River. During the War of Independence, Napoleon’s army suffered one of its greatest defeats in Galicia at this bridge, at the hands of the armed populace. Heading up a cobbled footpath we come to the 13th Century church of Santa Maria. Views of the Bay of Vigo are fabulous!

Day 5
21km

Pontevedra
to
Caldas De Rei

Passing chestnut groves, the Camino leaves Pontevedra and runs parallel to the railway for a while. After passing through the hamlet of Ponte Cabras, we encounter the rectory of Santa Maria de Alba, tucked away among pine and eucalyptus trees. Emerging from the dense woods of Lombo da Maceira, you’ll see a statue of Saint James the pilgrim, his staff pointing the way ahead. The lovely village of Tibo, with its fountain, public washing place and stone cross, brings us to Caldas do Rei.

Day 6
20km

Caldas De Rei
to
Padron

Exiting the town, we take a bridge over the river Umia that leads us to a fountain of hot spring water that has lent the town its name since Roman times. Entering the woods once more, the Camino makes its way gently uphill to the hamlet of Santa Marina. Going downhill, we then cross the river Fontenlo. Finally, following a Camino lined with pine trees, we catch up again with the river as we arrive in Padron. Padron is famous for being the first land sighted by the ship bearing the body of Saint James.

Day 7
28km

Padron
to
Santiago de Compostela

The Camino passes through many small villages and hamlets before arriving at the Baroque sanctuary of A Esclavitude. On a hilltop to the left stands the mysterious, abandoned ruins of the hillfort Castro Lupario. As we near Agro dos Monteiros, it is now possible to see the towers of the cathedral. Finally the Camino passes by the ruins of a castle known as A Rocha Vella, before entering the city of the Apostle.

Day 8

Santiago de Compostela

You made it! Congratulations! Get your Compostela at the Pilgrim Office and enjoy this amazing inspirational city! Visit the Cathedral!

Section 1

Oia
to
Baiona

Make your way to your hotel in Oia in time to relax and enjoy your first evening meal.

Section 2

Baiona
to
Vigo

From Oia, you will walk along a coastal footpath away from the main road. After 10km you will then continue along gorgeous coast line on boardwalk with stunning views on the Atlantic Ocean and the Cies islands.

Section 3

Vigo
to
Pontevedra

The way out of the gorgeous town of Baiona will keep you along sandy beach for most of the day. You will have regular opportunity to stop in a local cafe along the beach.
You will then enter a typical galician entrance of Vigo and maze of streets before entering Vigo via its wide sandy beach. Vigo is a very active city that you will reach after 3km walk through the harbour.

Section 4

Pontevedra
to
Caldas De Rei

There will be a transfer from Vigo to Redondela which is included in the price. Reaching the historic site of Ponte Sampaio, the Camino crosses the Verdugo River. During the War of Independence, Napoleon’s army suffered one of its greatest defeats in Galicia at this bridge, at the hands of the armed populace. Heading up a cobbled footpath we come to the 13th Century church of Santa Maria. Views of the Bay of Vigo are fabulous!

Section 5

Caldas De Rei
to
Padron

Passing chestnut groves, the Camino leaves Pontevedra and runs parallel to the railway for a while. After passing through the hamlet of Ponte Cabras, we encounter the rectory of Santa Maria de Alba, tucked away among pine and eucalyptus trees. Emerging from the dense woods of Lombo da Maceira, you’ll see a statue of Saint James the pilgrim, his staff pointing the way ahead. The lovely village of Tibo, with its fountain, public washing place and stone cross, brings us to Caldas do Rei.

Section 6

Padron
to
Santiago de Compostela

Exiting the town, we take a bridge over the river Umia that leads us to a fountain of hot spring water that has lent the town its name since Roman times. Entering the woods once more, the Camino makes its way gently uphill to the hamlet of Santa Marina. Going downhill, we then cross the river Fontenlo. Finally, following a Camino lined with pine trees, we catch up again with the river as we arrive in Padron. Padron is famous for being the first land sighted by the ship bearing the body of Saint James.

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